At the end of WXYZ on Marche du Nain Rouge 2017, I teased my readers by telling them to "Stay tuned for an entertainment-themed retrospective featuring the top entry of last year." The hint was the backside of John Oliver blowing up 2016. Sure enough, the top two posts of last year both featured John Oliver.
The most read entry of the two was Last Week Tonight examines Clinton and Trump foundations after winning three Emmy Awards from September 27, 2016. It earned 7947 page views according to the default counter, 8226 according to the raw counter, by the end of March 20, 2017. Not only was it the top post of last year, it's currently the top post of all time on the blog. Here's the story from the notes for October 2016, when it was the top post for the month as well as the winner of the Revenge of the Back Catalog Trophy.*
The entry earned 2672 page views in the first two hours after being shared at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page, 1942 in the first hour. It helped attract nearly 1995 page views to the blog the first hour and 792 the second. In the first two hours, it rocketed up to 6th place, knocking Clinton wins the news media while Sanders wins the Internet out of the all-time top ten and passing PBS Newshour examines gerrymandering in Maryland and North Carolina, which had only occupied sixth place for a few hours. Overnight, it powered up the rankings until it was in third by 9 AM the next day. It ended up in first place after 24 hours with 7406 views during the first 24 hours. It also helped contribute to the best single day in the blog's history with 7930 page views. It ended October with 7947 page views after reaching a maximum of 7997, 8176 according to the raw counter, at 7:59 PM on October 26, 2016. The tendency of the default counter to shrink page views over time strikes again!
The second most read entry of the year and third of all time also featured John Oliver, John Oliver on feelings over facts and Colbert on Trumpiness. It ended the blogging year with 5059 page views, 6206 according to the raw counter. I'll be a good environmentalist and recycle the relevant paragraph from Best August so far and other monthly meta to explain how it got its page views.
"John Oliver on feelings over facts and Colbert on Trumpiness" from July 25, 2016 won both the top post and Revenge of the Back Catalog trophies with 6061 entries during the month. The entry also rose to second on the all-time top ten list with 6099 page views, 6139 according to the raw counter, by the end of July. As I documented in Popular entries from the back catalog for the fifth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News, it knocked Eye spy the gas price rollercoaster about to coast down like a parachute out of the all-time top ten. Like the previous two entries, it earned its page view[s] by being shared at the Coffee Party Facebook page, where it earned more than 5700 page views in 24 hours. Before being shared, it had 117 page views. Sharing it helped draw 5861 page views to the blog the day it was posted, 1325 in the first hour.The list of retrospectives about top posts at the end of this entry shows that I've never featured two most read entries for the year in the same post and only once have I included posts on the same theme as the top post, and that was the "other" top post for the year. Congratulations to John Oliver for achieving a first on this blog!
I'm not done with the subject. Follow over the jump for more posts built around John Oliver that made last year's Top 40.**